Generally speaking, A24 either acquire or debut films on the festival circuit before bringing them to cinemas, but that strategy doesn’t always need to be followed. Occasionally, there’s a film whose charm speaks for itself and whose ambitions are modest, and there’s no reason why it shouldn’t just go right to theaters. And for “The Lovers,” the indie studio is keeping things simple and doing just that.
Directed by Azazel Jacobs (“Terri“), and starring Tracey Letts, Debra Winger, and Aiden Gillen, the film follows a long-married couple who each have an affair, only to develop a stronger attraction to each other than ever before. Here’s the official synopsis:
Written and Directed by Azazel Jacobs, THE LOVERS is a refreshing, funny look at love, fidelity, and family, starring Debra Winger and Tracy Letts as a long-married and completely dispassionate husband and wife. Both are in the midst of serious affairs and are increasingly committed to their new partners. But on the brink of officially calling it quits, a spark between them suddenly and unexpectedly reignites, leading them into an impulsive romance that forces them to navigate the hilarious complications of “cheating” on their respective lovers. A mixture of humor and powerful emotion, the story is a uniquely honest take on modern marriage.
“The Lovers” opens on May 5, 2017.